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Spirit Announces More Job Cuts

Aug 29, 2013

Aircraft parts maker Spirit Aerosystems plans to cut more jobs at its plant in Wichita, starting in September.

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Spirit AeroSystems Holdings shares sank Tuesday after the aircraft parts maker said it would postpone filing its second-quarter earnings report and plans to shed its operations in Oklahoma.

The Wichita-based airplane manufacturer has gone through a number of major changes recently, including adding CEO Larry Lawson in March. Lawson warned investors in May that the company would do a "comprehensive evaluation" of the development programs in Tulsa, Okla., Wichita, Kan., Kinston, N.C., and St. Nazaire, France.

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Spirit Aerosystems has confirmed that it is laying off 360 salaried support and management employees in both its Kansas and Oklahoma locations.

The company said in a news release Thursday that this is a "strategic move to make the company more competitive in a cost-sensitive environment." It says the reductions are designed to "reduce overhead costs, increase efficiency, and drive improved performance."

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A group of students met Saturday at Wichita State University for the 13th annual Mindstorms Challenge, a Lego robotics competition. The challenge is designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math, while promoting teamwork.

The theme for the event was “The WuShock, an Unexpected Journey” with teams like The Bilbot Baggins of Andovershire.

“We started working the weekend they released the courses, which was mid-January, and we’ve been meeting at least a couple of times a week since then,” says Bob Elsburnd, a parent and team coach.

Union Approves Spirit Contract

Dec 12, 2012

Members of an engineering union at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita have overwhelmingly approved a six-year

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Wichita aircraft company Spirit AeroSystems Monday announced that President and CEO Jeffrey Turner will retire in early 2013.

In a press release, Turner said he announced his plan to retire to “ensure adequate time to find a suitable replacement, and allow for an effective handover of duties."

He will continue to serve as President and CEO until his successor takes office.

Gov.'s Council Meets To Discuss Growth In Aviation

Nov 14, 2012
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The Kansas Governor's Council of Economic Advisors met in Wichita Tuesday to discuss ways of increasing revenue and the global competitiveness of the aviation industry.

Governor Sam Brownback, state and local officials and several leaders in the aircraft industry discussed ideas for more than two and a half hours at Spirit Aerosystems.

John Tomblin, Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research (NAIR) was one of the speakers who touted the number of quality engineers that are trained in Wichita.

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Gov.'s Council Meets To Discuss Growth In Aviation

The Kansas Governor's Council of Economic Advisors met in Wichita yesterday to discuss ways of increasing revenue - and the global competitiveness of the aviation industry.


Court: Age Discrimination Unproven In Boeing Sale

Aug 27, 2012

A federal appeals court panel has sided with The Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems in an age discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by 90 former Boeing workers after the 2005 sale of its commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that while employees showed discrimination occurred during the sale, the workers cannot prove a pattern existed.